Friday, December 12, 2014

Knitting Stories

Several things happened this Wednesday. Two were good and one was not. The good things both happened to be parcels that arrived. One was Kate's new book Yokes, and the other was a thick parcel from my publisher, Diane Morriss, containing the other three books they have published this fall.

Now for the bad thing. I also caught some bug on Wednesday. I felt so miserable I didn't even open the parcels. I decided to save that moment for when I felt well enough to appreciate it, which turned out to be today. It also reminds me that on my list of things that could go amiss at Christmas I forgot to add illness. Silly me. Now I am two days behind. My pre-Christmas trip to Costco has been postponed until next week, and not a single thing has been baked. But I digress. Sigh...

One of the books in the parcel was Sylvia Olsen's Knitting Stories, a book containing personal essays and seven Coast Salish-inspired patterns. This is a lovely book, and I can't wait to sit down with a cup of tea and read through Sylvia's essays. The patterns are wonderful! I was able to get an advance pdf file of them, which means I was able to knit one of the projects before I even got the book. I decided to make the Fingerless Mitts since I already had the yarn for them in my stash, but I also have plans to make Yetsa's Bolero in the New Year.

These mitts were a fun and easy project, perfect for someone trying out colourwork for the first time. I used some worsted weight Shelter from Brooklyn Tweed, and although the colours aren't exactly traditional, I like the way they work together in the mitts.


To make the pattern work with the worsted weight I cast on six fewer stitches, then decreased two more after the first pattern repeat. They came out a perfect fit!


Ravelry details can be found here. My apologies for the rather short post, but I really need to get off this computer and bake something, anything, that would qualify as a Christmas goodie.

28 comments:

  1. The mitts are wonderful!! How lovely to receive nice books in the post. Sorry to hear that you have been unwell though, I hope that you are all OK now and that you will have a good weekend getting back on track with your preparations. Remember to take care of yourself and to take some time for a cup of tea and some reading time!! xx

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  2. Everybody I talk to has been bit with the flu bug!! We were under the weather here for two weeks. I piddled away at my knitting but just didn't have much heart or energy for baking. Managed to get it all done yesterday and today.

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  3. Perhaps it's a good thing I'm not a knitter or else I'd be knitting everything you show us. The gloves are beautiful!

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  4. Ooo, very nice mits! I like the colors. I'm sorry you were feeling so poorly. There's no good time, but this is a terrible time to be sick. I hope you're back to normal--and catch up quickly. You've reminded me of a Christmas story I can turn into a post. :)

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  5. Wow! Those fingerless mitts are gorgeous - I do wish I was a better knitter. Hope you feel much better soon and good luck with all the baking. x

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  6. They're lovely, beautifully done and really nice and warm looking. I need to do some Christmas things in the kitchen. And everywhere else come to think of it. I'm starting to panic. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. CJ xx

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  7. Very impressive knit they are beautiful. Hope you feel a lot better soon and manage to get the baking you want done. There is nothing nicer than a craft project and a new book.

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  8. What gorgeous, happy looking mitts, Kristie. So sorry you have been unwell, and that you can't get on with your Christmas preparation. I know how frustrating it is, when you have made plans, and can't carry them out. Hope you have a better day today, and enjoy your new books.

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  9. Keep it simple is my motto.....don't over stress.....buy more if you don't have time to bake.....easy for me to say :) I don't have a house full of people arriving, all wanting their favourite Christmas speciality :) hang in there :)

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  10. I love those mitts! They look like a lot of fun to make. All the patterns in that book are just gorgeous, too!

    Good luck with the Christmas prep -- hope you're feeling better soon.

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  11. Love mitts they look so cosy. Sorry to hear you have been poorly too, seems to be a lot of it about right now )-:

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  12. Lovely mitts. I'm just thankful not to be organising a big family get-together when the weather is unreliable. You sound on top of things though. That will be all your years of experience showing.

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  13. Hose mitts are spectacular and I hardly think a beginning color work knitter could make them that beautiful. Sure hope you are taking care of yourself and feeling better.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  14. Wow your mitts are fantastic!! I love the colours you chose and they are so beautifully knit! How do you like Knitting with Shelter? Hope you are on the mend soon. Take care

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  15. So sorry to hear you are feeling unwell. Why does sickness always seem to find us when we are at busiest? Its so annoying!! I love the mitts and the colours you chose. I love purple! I wish I could knit, and someday I plan on learning but for now my crochet hook keeps me entertained. There is an interesting documentary on the Coast Salish Knitters on knowledge.ca. They do such beautiful work and its inspiring to see how those women supported their families through their knitting.

    Bestest,

    Mary Lynne

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  16. Sometimes our bodies tell us it is time to slow down a bit. I hope you are feeling better. Your mitts are beautiful. Warm greetings from Montreal.

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  17. I hope you are well recovered by now as you read this comment. Lovely mitts and I don't know how you resisted the packages!!

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  18. Ha! I understand completely, Kristie! Christmas means making a choice between blogging or baking, it seems. And I don't think my household is going to appreciate the former too much, so I've finally gotten into the kitchen! Cheers and hope you are back up to snuff very quickly.

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  19. Illness has been ravaging my household also. Truthfully, I think we all have had different sicknesses. Or, we have all had different symptoms of the same sickness. It's not fun. Good luck with your baking! I'm sure you will get back on track. There's still plenty of time! :-D

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  20. I'm sorry to hear you've been sick, Kristie. I hope you're feeling better now. Those mitts are beautiful, I love how they came out. The colors are gorgeous. Don't pressure yourself with the baking, you still have plenty of time. Take care and enjoy.

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  21. Beautiful mitts !! i hope you're feeling better very soon !! Take care !

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  22. I love those mitts - so pretty and warm! I really hope you feel completely well again now.

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  23. Hope you are feeling better and can enjoy the book. Your mitts are so colourful and cosy. Sarah x

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  24. First - those mitts are to die for cute!!!!
    Second - I am glad for you that the worst of it was only two days. My son was home for five days, and my husband and I both had to take two days off work plus our regular two days off. And none of us are healthy yet. All for a cold virus!
    Stay healthy and don't stress it if one less batch of cookies gets made. ;-)

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  25. The mitts are beautiful - love the colours. I need to bake too. So maybe I should go and do something about it.

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  26. Gorgeous mitts! I do hope you're properly well now, and not so behind. As you know ill health has hit here and the possibility that everything will be ready a week from now is looking slim. But then I figured so what if Christmas cards turn in to New Year surprises and presents aren't all well wrapped ... the important thing is to all be together!

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  27. Those look beautiful and warm! There's nothing better than cozy hands/wrists :)

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  28. I love everything about them! Sorry you have been unwell, hope you are back to full fitness soon xx

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